Average Salary for University of Idaho Alumni

Combining good value and great education, the University of Idaho, a public research university based in Moscow, Idaho, is ranked in the top 22 percent of universities by ROI. Nestled in a small community, this school is a hub for sports enthusiasts, many of whom relocate to nearby cities after graduation (Boise, Seattle, and Spokane are some popular choices). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Idaho Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Mechanical Engineer
9 salaries
Electrical Engineer
7 salaries
Project Engineer
6 salaries
Design Architect
5 salaries
Software Engineer
5 salaries
Civil Engineer
5 salaries
General / Operations Manager
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 366
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About This School

875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, ID 83844-2282

University of Idaho College of Law



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

54 %

19 %

35 %

38 %

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The UI alumni can most commonly be found in the manufacturing industry, the engineering services industry, and the education industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of UI alumni wind up in the architectural services industry. Starting salaries of $64K are common among UI grads.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males tend to earn $77K per year compared to females' about $58K.


Former UI students with an interest in making money consider becoming Operations Managers, the highest-paying gig (earnings amount to $80K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Software Engineers ($77K) and Project Engineers (around $75K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Intern Architects, making an average of approximately $40K.


A large number of students head to Boise after college. Idaho Falls is another hot spot for UI grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $86K). Home to the lowest median salary for UI alumni is Pullman, a popular place for former students despite its around $59K average paycheck. Seattle and Spokane are also desirable cities.


UI grads can make the most money at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.; average pay at this company is $60K. UI is known for offering less-than-average salaries, reporting median pay of about $38K. However, salary does not seem to play a role in job popularity.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Mechanical Engineering (ME) will compensate UI grads at a much higher rate than other fields — these alums tend to rake in approximately $101K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Master of Architecture (MArch) ($43K annually).


Former Vandals with Engineering Design abilities can expect to make 23 percent more than their former classmates ($78K). Many former UI students are familiar with Project Management, and nearly one-fifth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Experience with Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about half of the alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-third of alumni get sick time. The greater part of respondents take advantage of a 401(k) plan. It is no small feat that the greater part of graduates are given health coverage, and most alumni accept dental insurance. Other benefits that University of Idaho alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of Kansas State University pick up average paychecks of approximately $61K, which is closest to the amount made by UI grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to UI include the Utah State University, the University of Wyoming, and the University of Nevada-Reno.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1420 1750
ACT Scores 20 26

Key Stats for University of Idaho


32 %
68 %
$33,763 - $71,100
$40,862 - $97,426
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 168 votes.
$33,851 - $86,739
$39,734 - $97,357
$40,050 - $77,419
$39,732 - $66,813
$43,405 - $87,904

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